I Sure Am!

It’s been a minute since my last post,

but now I actually have a minute to share all the reasons I’m on cloud nine.

I visited Sequoia National Park

I’m 27-years-old, California born and raised, yet the closest I’d been to a Sequoia was my Pinterest board of places to see before I bite the dust. On August 23rd, my bf of eight or so years (we don’t really keep precise count) went on a getaway trip to take a peek at this world wonder.

We stayed at the amazing Rio Sierra Riverhouse in Three Rivers, CA along the river.

It had this view.

Need I say more?


The day of our visit into the Sequoia National Park on August 24th, we took the Congress Trail to check out the bigger Sequoias in the area and wow, were they spectacular.

No joke– when walking up to one of these trees you can’t help but feel a sense of reverence. These were around for thousands of years and are the largest living things in the world.

They’ve seen some pretty gnarly things in their day.




The last stop along the trail led us to a Sequoia grove called, The House. It was a great way to end our secluded tour, and it’s here where I received the biggest surprise ever.


wait for it…

I’m fucking engaged!


That’s right, ladies and gents– the show you’ve all been waiting for– coming soon to a theater near you in 2015:

The future Mrs. Coates

Planning is underway, so expect more (and more) wedding posts.

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New Look, Somewhat Old Excuses - I'm too busy to tell people how busy I am

If you’ve keenly noticed the long gaps between posts, well, there’s a good reason for my misbehavior (I think).

In lieu of more regular updates, I’ve been playing mad scientist brewing up a new look for Suite 707– behold!

A cleaner, simpler aesthetic for your viewing pleasure.

White Washed: Things That Look Great in Crisp, Clean White

I’m all for loud (at times admittedly obnoxious) color, but sometimes being able to make a statement with a simple color, like white, says everything that needs to be said.

Point in case…

Time to put that iPhone alarm on snooze permanently with a good, old-fashioned alarm clock.

white clock

 (via West Elm)

When I think of “editor style” anything, a loose button-down white blouse always comes to mind. This one in particular tops it off with the gathered sleeves that gets down to business.

white button down blouse

(via Obaz)

Sunflowers will always be my favorite, but these white peonies are undeniably charming– and fluffy. Who doesn’t like FLUFFY?

Wedding bouquet - white peonies

I think I have a secret obsession with pushed-up sleeves. It’s a thing. This badass white leather jacket isn’t afraid of a little dirt, but you probably should refrain from a scuffle seeing as its worth $800. Bonkers!

White leather jacket

(via Free People)

Coming home to a room like this must be incredibly relaxing after a hectic day at the office. Add some hot cocoa and a great book, and I’m set. I know, I know… NERDING OUT.

White interior design

(via amazing home design)

I’ve never been to a white sand beach. Gotta change that, stat– no joke.

white sand beach

(via something everything nothing)

Then there’s THIS guy. No words need be said.

White bulldog puppy

(via here)

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Ringing in 2013

… and we’re back.

A combination of technical roadblocks and distractions in the last few months has led to my MIA status, but instead of issuing apologies (and fumbling with bad excuses) let’s move forward, shall we?

It’s 2013. A lot has happened in the last year. A lot has also not happened.

So the question is:

new year 2013

For me it’s…

organizing my closet | eating healthy full-time | working out without grumbling | reconnecting with yoga | finding balance | pursuing my passion | abandoning criticism against others | embracing detours | flossing regularly (<– probably the hardest one, IMO)

Happy New Year. Let’s make this one count.

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(via marian16rox)

A Few of My Favorite Things

There are a few things at present that are making me a very happy lady.

So happy that I’d almost forgotten all about my itty bitty blog — sorry ’bout that!

Here’s the short version.

1. Organic Blue Eggs

My grandpa’s organic blue chicken eggs are a weekly treat I enjoy. These blue eggs come from Ameraucana hens also known as “Easter Egg Chickens.” The deep yellow-colored yolk and pretty blue eggshells make cooking up omelets double the fun.

Ameraucana Blue Egg

Photo: The Hunniepot

2. Shiba Inu Puppies

I’ve been watching a live feed of Shiba Inu puppies for the last two weeks, and I can’t get enough of their cute faces! The Shiba Inu puppy cam is addictive.


Shiba Inu Puppies

3. Yoga and Meditation

I’ve been looking into fusing yoga and meditation into my practice. To start, I’m reading The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali at the recommendation of a fellow yogini. I don’t expect it to happen overnight, but it’s going steadily.

Yoga and Meditation

4. Blueberries

Blueberries are the best in oatmeal, especially when they pop in the microwave and dye my bowl a bright blue.

It just sets the day right, somehow.


5. Honey Highlights

Soon I’ll be indulging in another salon appointment and honey highlights are in my near future. I’ve had them before, but never with shorter hair (although my hair is now at my collar bone.)

The hunt for the right honey highlights is officially on.

Honey Highlights

6. Hanging Out with Friends

Even though my weekends have been incredibly busy with outings, hanging out with friends is a great way to let go and relax.

Conversations with others is a healthy change to conversations with yourself. Kidding — talking to yourself can be healthy, too.

Hanging out with friends

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New Workout Obsession: Vinyasa Yoga

I never thought I’d say it — being an avid cardio, high-impact fitness lover — but I have a new workout crush.

Vinyasa yoga, also known as vinyasa flow, is a type of yoga that involves breath-synchronized movement.

Vinyasa Yoga

This yoga workout takes you from one pose to another, which is where the “flow” aspect comes about.

I have a temporary membership with a yoga studio called YogaWorks near my workplace, and have been going four times a week (still trying to fit in my beloved cardio kickboxing class.)

I’ve done yoga in the past, and consider myself a level 2, but I definitely need to work on my handstands.

Vinyasa Flow

I’ve also tried other forms of yoga that incorporate the vinyasa style, like Bikram yoga. Bikram is also called hot yoga, wherein the room temperature is increased to over 100 degrees and classes are usually 90 minutes.

There’s no question it makes you sweat, but I don’t think it’s for me.

I’m sticking to regular vinyasa yoga. I even got a new yoga mat from Lululemon.

Lululemon The Mat

It’s called “The Mat,” and I chose it because it’s supposedly grippy, non-slip (which was a big problem with my previous mat) and has enough cushion for my bad knees.

I’ve only had it for a week, so you can expect a review after a month or so!

I plan on finding a local yoga studio that’s closer to home, so I can practice over the weekends, too.

Well, that’s all for now!


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